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Easy Weeknight Dinner: Iron Boosting Picadillo

22nd October 2014

This hearty meal is simple and goes well with a variety of side dishes. Feeling carb loaded lately?  Ditch the sides and eat it by itself or on a bed of fresh spinach. Loaded with fiber, iron and protein… plus, it’s gluten free!

Picadillo is a Spanish dish similar to hash that is made with ground beef, tomatoes and a variety of other ingredients. The picadillo I grew up with had potatoes, raisins, carrots and was always served with white rice. No matter how you choose to modify this recipe, the satisfying feeling will be the same. 

Picadillo is a Spanish dish similar to hash that is made with ground beef, tomatoes and a variety of other ingredients. The picadillo I grew up with had potatoes, raisins, carrots and was always served with white rice. No matter how you choose to modify this recipe, the satisfying feeling will be the same.

Ingredients 

1/2 medium yellow onion – chopped

1 clove garlic – minced

1 lb lean ground beef 

1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes

2.5 cups cooked lentils
(Trader Joe’s sells cooked and ready-to-serve lentils in the produce section.  So easy!)

Small bunch of your favorite herbs such as rosemary, oregano, or thyme tied with kitchen twine. 

herbs

I added fresh oregano and rosemary from our yard. These are hearty plants that last forever and need almost no maintenance.

I added fresh oregano and rosemary from our yard. These are hearty plants that last forever and need almost no maintenance.

Make it 

With your stove at medium high, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven

Toss in onions and stir frequently until soft 

Add garlic and season with salt and pepper 

Add ground beef and season again to your liking

beef and onions

Stir in diced tomatoes, herbs and lentils

I added fresh oregano and rosemary from our yard. These are hearty plants that last forever and need almost no maintenance.

Change temp to low, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes

At this point you can either serve it immediately or turn off heat and leave covered for up to an hour.  When ready to serve, just turn the stove back on medium/low heat for about five minutes and spoon over a bed of basmati rice, couscous, mashed potatoes (shepherd’s pie anyone?), or pasta. 

Bon Appetit!

Bon appetit!